Musculoskeletal: What treatments might look like and prevention tips

Musculoskeletal disorders account for 27% of work-related ill-health in NZ

The musculoskeletal system is made up of the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage of human body. Maintaining good musculoskeletal health through prevention and early treatment can make for a long healthy career if you work in the construction industry.

Common injuries for construction workers can range from sprains, strains and contusions (bruising) which can be caused by heavy lifting, repetitive movement, poor body posture, forcefulness or muscle effort, or the vibrations from continuous use of hand tools. Symptoms of a workplace injury can range from any kind of pain and discomfort located in and around the neck, shoulders, wrists, back and knees. 


When should I seek help if I suspect an injury?
As soon as you detect any pain or discomfort, seek medical treatment from a Habit Health physiotherapist. These health experts specialise in a range of areas and can tend to your unique needs before your injury gets worse. 


How can physiotherapy help?
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy aims to help the patient recover from their condition more quickly through regular treatment sessions and to develop coping strategies to aid the patient during the recovery process and prevent secondary problems from occurring. This is achieved by manual therapy, education, exercise rehabilitation and finding alternative ways to accomplish your goals and live your best life. The ultimate goal of your unique treatment plan is to bring your body function back to optimal so you can continue carrying out duties on site and the activities you love in your personal time. 


What can I do to prevent injury?
Prevention and early intervention is key to maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system so you can carry out your day to day duties on site as well as

personal activities you love to do in your own time. Try these simple exercises to help you warm up before your start your shift and continue throughout the day.


Habit Health’s early intervention programme
The Resolve Early Intervention Programme provides proactive support for your team, helping them get on top of pain, discomfort or minor injuries quickly.

The programme enables your employees to access a physiotherapist quickly to treat musculoskeletal issues. Early intervention can improve your employee’s health and wellbeing and help them to return to full fitness sooner.  It can also reduce workplace costs resulting from pain, discomfort or injury and related absenteeism.


For more information, you can call 0508 654 325 or visit their website



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